Windy enough for sailing at the LSMB's second festival

In weather that was suitable for sailing -- at least the wind aspect, though perhaps not a comfortable temperature -- the Pioneer Marching Band took the field at Manheim Township Saturday night for its second festival, and performed its field show "Setting Sail". Emboldened by a supportive crowd, the band was the first performance after intermission at a festival that included nine high school bands.

To conclude the festival, the Kutztown University Marching Unit (known as "KUMU") invited juniors and seniors onto the field to perform "Holiday" and "Hot, Hot, Hot" in one giant finale.

The band has one more festival, which is on Halloween at McCaskey. It will again perform its show, which features swashbuckling music from the high seas -- themes from Pirates of the Caribbean -- followed by a haunting ballad composed by the illustrious Key Poulan, and finally a plaintive number that explodes into a bombastic rock finale, "Come Sail Away". To conclude the final festival of the Lancaster County Marching Band Coalition's season, all bands will come onto the field to play an arrangement of the venerable jazz standard "Children of Sanchez".

Editor's Note: For full disclosure, the author of this piece is the senior drum major of the Pioneer Marching Band.

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--Benjamin Pontz, Editor-In-Chief

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